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Winners Announced for Book Week 2013 Writing Contest

Young winners from Burlington (ON), Caledon (ON), Calgary, Edmonton,
Hamilton (ON), Kinburn (ON), Ottawa, Scarborough (ON), Winnipeg

TORONTO ~ May 8, 2013 — The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the winners of the Book Week 2013 Writing Contest for Kids & Teens. Close to 1,500 entries were received from young writers in every province and territory across the country.

The national contest is a much-anticipated part of TD Canadian Children’s Book Week — the largest celebration of Canadian books for young people in Canada, which is happening now  (Saturday, May 4 to Saturday, May 11, 2013).

The winner from each grade will receive a $250 gift certificate for the bookstore of his or her choice.  Two honourable mentions from each grade category will also receive $50 gift certificates.

The winning stories and honourable mentions can be read online at

The WINNERS of the Book Week 2013 Writing Contest are:

Grade 4:           Alexis Hilts of Edmonton, Alberta for Yorky the Terrier

Grade 5:           Miguel Castro of Scarborough, Ontario for The Curse

Grade 6:           Izzah Muhammad of Calgary, Alberta for One Word

Grade 7:           Mackenzie Hauch Krueger of Kinburn, Ontario for Papadum

Grade 8:           Maya Schwartz of Winnipeg, Manitoba for Viola

Grade 9:           Kirsten Marquez of Burlington, Ontario for Untitled

Grade 10:         Lia Codrington of Ottawa, Ontario for Doucement

Grade 11:         Katarina Wex of Caledon, Ontario for Living with Anorexia

Grade 12:         Evelyna Kay of Hamilton, Ontario for Kendra’s Stranger


Nine noted Canadian children’s authors generously donated their time and expertise to judge submissions from young writers all across the country. The judges for the Book Week 2013 Writing Contest are:

Sheryl McFarlane
, author of Island Santa, from Victoria, BC
Sharon Jennings, author of Home Free, from Toronto, Ontario
Jessica Scott Kerrin, author of A Narrow Escape (The Lobster Chronicles series), from Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sylvia Gunnery, author of Emily for Real, from Crescent Beach, Nova Scotia
Richard Scrimger, author of Ink Me (Seven series), from Toronto, Ontario
Don Aker, author of Running on Empty, from Middleton, Nova Scotia
Sylvia McNicoll, author of Dying to Go Viral, from Burlington, Ontario
Lori Weber, author of Yellow Mini, from Pointe-Claire, Quebec
Arthur Slade, author of Island of Doom (The Hunchback Assignments 4), from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


The Book Week 2013 Writing Contest is a wonderful opportunity for young writers, says Grade 10 judge Sylvia McNicoll: “Awarding prizes is not the primary goal, because if that were true there would only be a couple of winners. Each young writer who enters goes through the process of creating, polishing and submitting, knowing they will be read. The real purpose is to encourage the creative reaching of Canadian kids. In this way the contest entrants are all winners.”


The Canadian Children’s Book Centre would like to congratulate this year’s winners and honourable mentions, and thank the judges for their dedication to reading and evaluating this year’s submissions.


About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre:
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact:

Shannon Howe Barnes | Program Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre | Suite 217, 40 Orchard View Blvd. | Toronto | Ontario | M4R 1B9

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“The Canadian Children’s Book Centre helps the creative talent of Canada – the writers, the illustrators – reach the people who count: the readers.

An investment in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre is an investment in your child’s future as a Canadian.” ~ Margaret Laurence

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